Internet exchange: ISPA pioneers the South African landscape

  The Internet Service Provider Association (ISPA) which celebrates its 20th anniversary this year, has played a major role in the establishment of a sound exchange base for South African internet service providers (ISPs). Hans van de Groenendaal caught up with chairperson, Graham Beneke, to discuss how ISPA has influenced the landscape, which, at the […]

The challenge of standards and certification

The Society for Automation, Instrumentation, Measurement and Control (SAIMC) president Vinesh Maharaj recently inducted Gary Friend as a Fellow of the Institute for his work on SABS technical committees reviewing international IEC specifications to be adopted as South African standards. SABS TC65 was in existence due to the activities of SAFA (South African Flameproof Association) […]

More trained women entrepreneurs will grow SA’s economy

  When I was afforded the privilege of presenting Dr. Jill Sawers with the EngineerIT and Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) Distinguished Service in ICT award in November I used the opportunity to briefly discuss her community involvement with women running small businesses. It turned out to be a fascinating story so […]

ICT is our main driving force: In conversation with Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services

The recent SATNAC conference saw the minister of telecommunication and postal services deliver the keynote address.  Media colleagues and I had the opportunity to speak with Dr. Siyabonga Cwele, Minister of Telecommunication and Postal Services about the status of telecommunication in South Africa and government’s vision of broadband for all. “We are a new department […]

Engineering-wise, South Africa is in good hands

  The Engineering Council of South Africa (ECSA) is a statutory body established in terms of the Engineering Profession Act (EPA), 46 of 2000. The ECSA’s primary role is to regulate the engineering profession in terms of this Act. Its core functions are the accreditation of engineering programmes, registration of persons as professionals in various categories, and […]

Innovation is crucial for SA’s growth

  The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) was established in terms of the TIA Act, 2008 (Act No. 26 of 2008), with the objective of stimulating and intensifying technological innovation in order to improve economic growth and the quality of life of all South Africans by developing and exploiting technological innovations. South Africa had high expectations […]

Skills development – a necessary but costly business

I recently had the opportunity to have a conversation with Rob MacKenzie, MD of Endress+Hauser. The company opened its doors in South Africa in 1984, having been represented by agents prior to that. The agents had focused mainly on process measurement and management in the mining industry. Markets have now expanded with major developments in […]

In conversation with Dr. Jane Olwoch, MD SANSA Earth Observation: Remote sensing – we need more expertise

At one time the environment dictated to mankind, now mankind shapes the environment but often not in a way to that is sustainable for our future on Earth, the place we call home.  I had an enlightening conversation with Dr. Jane Olwoch, MD Earth Observation of the South African National Space Agency (SANSA) about the […]